BUSCH: Truex Jr has wild ride to Nashville pole

Martin Truex Jr. placed the Chance 2 Motorsports Chevrolet on the Bud pole at Nashville Superspeedway in what he termed a "pretty wild" qualifying attempt.

Martin Truex Jr..
Photo by Michael C. Johnson.
Like many of the other Busch series cars, the No. 8 wiggled a bit during both qualifying laps on the 1.333-mile banked concrete oval. "I was standing on the gas before hitting the middle and was hoping it (the car) would stick," expressed an excited Truex after climbing out of the Chevy. "It was just crazy, totally crazy."

Truex Jr was clocked at 28.819 seconds for a speed of 166.515 miles per hour, "The car was perfect, well not quite as it was an 81 and not an 80," he said with a wink. Truex Jr was referring to the time the team's co-owner, Dale Earnhardt, Jr wanted him to get.

Today's pole is his second this season, Truex Jr looks for his second 2004 Busch win tomorrow afternoon. His first win came just two weeks ago on the Bristol Motor Speedway's 0.533-mile high-banked concrete oval. Perhaps concrete tracks is to his liking.

"The pole is great, everyone back at the shop did a great job and the crew here is awesome. Our race trim package is about 50% better than qualifying, so looking forward to the race," added Truex Jr

Johnny Benson attempted to steal the pole position toward the end of qualifying attempts, his first lap was shy of the top spot by 0.007 seconds. Benson did not take a second lap in his No. 1 Phoenix Racing Dodge.

"Wow, that first lap was a surprise," exclaimed Benson on his first ever qualifying attempt at Nashville. ""I love going to tracks for the first time. It is something I've always enjoyed and something I've always had some success with. The team did a really good job getting the car ready."

Third fastest at the end of qualifying was Team Rensi Motorsports' Bobby Hamilton, Jr. who held the top spot before Truex Jr took to the track. "Just to be here and with a chance to win anything is great," commented Hamilton Jr.

The Nashville resident looks forward to tomorrow's race, "Just so happy with my guys, they make my job so much easier. I'm loving how my Ford is handling and Robert Yates Racing's engine is perfect," continued Hamilton Jr.

Jason Keller (Ford) and Johnny Sauter (Pontiac) round out the top five.